Lagos - Former Nigeria international and 1997 African Player of the Year, Victor Ikpeba has slammed the exclusive use of only ex-international players when appointing Super Eagles national coaches, Punch reports.
The former striker said that the job of coaching the national team should be advertised more widely to include international coaches with experience rather than only looking at local ex-players.
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"Some of those that played the game especially my ex-teammates should go and coach local clubs, it’s like everybody is waiting to manage the national team. How many of the ex-internationals are coaching in the Nigerian league? Their experience is needed there too.
“In Europe, ex-players want to coach clubs but here everyone is after the national cake and they start causing problems everywhere. They need to learn and attend courses abroad.
Ikpeba also blamed this decision to hire ex-internationals as the reason why young players are not being developed in Nigeria, causing a shortage of options at an international level.
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